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Big Weekend for Fall Festivals Across the Ozarks

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- There's no shortage of fall festivals this weekend in the Ozarks. Here's a list of must-dos if you're out and about.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- There's no shortage of fall festivals this weekend in the Ozarks. Here's a list of must-dos if you're out and about.

Japanese Fall Festival, Springfield

The 18th annual Japanese Fall Festival will run Friday through Sunday in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park (2400 S. Scenic Ave.). It honors the Queen City's relationship with Isesaki, Japan. It will include a samurai performance group, a professional Japanese storyteller, the Osuwa Taiko Drummers, Japanese top spinning, martial arts, a kimono fashion show and a wide array of other activities and local performances, including the Springfield Regional Opera. Adult tickets are $7 and kids are $3. Children under 2 are free.

Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Springfield Greek Festival

The 6th annual Greek Festival is happening Friday through Sunday at St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church (4200 S. Holiday Ave). It's a free event in which church members demonstrate the native dances of Greece -- and kids will be wearing traditional costumes. There's also plenty to eat and drink, including pastries, Greek wine and coffee. For more information, call 417-841-8586.

Sunday noon-3 p.m.

Ozarks Celebration Festival, Springfield

Another tradition in Springfield is the Ozarks Celebration Festival at Missouri State University. It's the 16th year for the craft and music festival, which will feature an ice cream social and concert under the stars. It also includes singing, dancing and storytelling. The event is free.

Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Outdoor Days at Lake Springfield 

From beginners to seasoned outdoors enthusiasts, all are invited to take part in camping, hiking, fishing, boating, bird watching, primitive skills and more outdoor activities as well as interact with demonstrations, crafts and vendors. Admission and most activities are free; canoe and kayak races have a registration fee. Register at 833-8647 or 833-8923.

Sunday 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
 
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